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Structural and genetic investigation of the egg and first-instar larva of an egg-laying population of Blaesoxipha plinthopyga (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) a species of forensic importance

NCJ Number
Journal of Medical Entomology Volume: 51 Issue: 6 Dated: 02/2014 Pages: 1283-1295
Date Published
February 2014
13 pages

This article describes the egg and first-instar larva of the fly family Sarcophagidae, along with genetic data (genome size and cytochrome oxidase I sequences). 



Flies in the family Sarcophagidae incubate their eggs and are known to be ovoviviparous (i.e., ovolarviparous), but a laboratory-maintained colony of Blaesoxipha plinthopyga (Wiedemann) deposited clutches of viable eggs over 10 generations. The egg is similar to previously described eggs of other Sarcophagidae but differs in the configuration of the micropyle. In the first-instar larva, the oral ridges are much more developed than has been described for other species. B. plinthopyga has forensic importance, and the present descriptive information is critical for proper case management. (publisher abstract modified)


Date Published: February 1, 2014